Garrapata State Park

Update (February 24, 2021): With the Regional Stay at Home Order lifted, State Parks is reopening campground sites for existing reservation holders. The department will be using a phased approach to reopen other campground sites for new reservations, starting January 28. The public is advised that not all campground sites are open to the public due to the pandemic, wildfire impacts and other issues. Additionally, group campsites remain closed. Day use outdoor areas of park units currently open to the public remain open.

As State Parks increases access to the State Park System, it is critical that Californians continue to recreate responsibly in the outdoors as the pandemic is far from over.

Please take the time to read the information contained on this webpage to find out what is open and closed, and the COVID-19 guidelines for this park unit.

What is open now?
  • Garrapata State Park coastal trails, beach, and the Soberanes Canyon Trail on the east side of Hwy 1, are open for day use.
  • There is no restroom facility, but portable restrooms are available.

What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?
At this park:
  • Rock Ridge Trail east of Hwy 1 is closed due to hazardous conditions.
  • There is no campground at Garrapata State Park.
Statewide:
  • Some park units and campground sites continue to be temporarily closed due to the pandemic, impacts from wildfires or other issues. Please visit the webpage of your local outdoor destination to find out if it is open.
  • High public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.
  • Special events and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.

Are there any new visitor guidelines?
State Parks has implemented the following guidelines to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors:
  • Stay Local: Stay close to home during this pandemic period. If you or anyone in your household is feeling sick, please remain at home and plan your trip for another time. 
  • Plan Ahead
    • The ongoing pandemic response continues to be dynamic and fluid. Prior to leaving home, check the webpage of your outdoor destination you plan to visit to find out if it is open, if parking is available, and what visitor guidelines are in effect.
    • Learn what safety precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors at parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.
    • SNO-PARKS: Make sure your vehicle is snow ready. A permit is required for each vehicle parked at a SNO-PARK site. Parking is on a first come, first-serve basis at all SNO-PARK sites. The public is advised that parking lots are filling up early in the day. Illegal parking is prohibited. More information can be found at ohv.parks.ca.gov/SNOPARKS.
  • Stay Safer at Six Feet: No matter the recreational activity, maintain a physical distance of six feet or more. Your guests should only include those within your immediate household. This means no guests or friends, and no gatherings or parties. If there are too many people to maintain the required physical distance, please visit us on a different day. 
    • Boating: Do not raft up to other boaters or pull up onto a beach next to other recreators.
    • Off-highway Vehicle Recreation: Do not ride next to others or pull up next to someone else as it could put you in close proximity to others. Stage 10 feet or more from each other during unloading and loading.
  • Keep Clean: Be prepared as not all services may be available. Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer. Please pack out all trash. Park units are experiencing heavy use and you can help alleviate the impact on park facilities.
  • Stay Covered: The state requires you to wear a face covering when you cannot maintain a physical distance of six feet or more. Individuals must have a face covering with them at all times.

Although law enforcement entities have the authority to issue citations, the expectation is that the public is responsible for adhering to the advice of public health officials, visitor guidelines and closures.

California State Parks continues to work with local and state officials on a phased and regionally driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved. However, the situation remains fluid and park operations can change at any time. For information on statewide current closures and available services, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Phone Number

(831) 624-4909

Park Hours

Call the park

Dogs Allowed?

Yes
Dogs allowed on the beach at Gate 19 (south end of the park) and trails leading to it. Dogs not allowed in all other areas.

Driving Directions to Garrapata SP

The park is located on Highway 1, 6.7 miles south of Rio Road in Carmel (18 miles north of Big Sur).

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Fishing
Guided Tours
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Windsurfing/Surfing
Family Programs

BIG SUR AREA - WHAT'S OPEN UPDATE 02-25-2021

California State Parks has reopened Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Andrew Molera State Park, and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park for day use. Some walking trails are open, and parking is available to vehicles on a limited basis. Social distancing protocols of maintaining a 6-ft distance and wearing masks are required. 

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park- open for day use and camping - reservations encouraged. See park unit webpage for more information.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns:  The environmental campsites are closed for camping effective December 13, 2020. 
The parking lot, restroom, Partington Cove Trail and Waterfall Overlook Trail at Julia Pfeiffer Burns are now open.  All trails east of Highway 1 (including Ewoldsen, Canyon, Tan Bark and Tin House) remain closed until further notice due to damage caused by the Dolan Fire and recent storms. See park unit webpage for more information.

Andrew Molera: : Hiking trails and beach walking are open for day use. NOTE: Campground is closed indefinitely.

Limekiln: Beach and restroom facilities are open for day use.  NOTE:  Limekiln Campground will be closed through April 1, 2021. Hiking trails are CLOSED due to fire damage.

The Pt Sur State Historic Park - open for tours. Please visit www.pointsur.org or call 831-625-4419 for tour information.

Also opened is the Soberanes Canyon Trail in Garrapata State Park –located on the east side of Highway 1.  California State Parks continues to work to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved.

Closures:

  • The Andrew Molera campground remains closed due to prior flood damage
  • Limekiln Campground is closed through April 1, 2021 due to fire damage

  • John Little State Natural Reserve is closed indefinitely

ABOUT GARRAPATA STATE PARK

Garrapata State Park has two miles of beach front, with coastal hiking and a 50-foot climb to a beautiful view of the Pacific. The park offers diverse coastal vegetation with trails running from ocean beaches into dense redwood groves. The park also features outstanding coastal headlands at Soberanes Point. Sea lions, harbor seals and sea otters frequent the coastal waters and California gray whales pass close by during their yearly migration.

Location-Directions
The park is located on Highway 1, 6.7 miles south of Rio Road in Carmel (18 miles north of Big Sur).

Seasons/Climate/Recommended Clothing
The weather can be changeable. Layered clothing is advised.

SOBERANES CANYON TRAIL

The popular Soberanes Canyon Trail partially reopened on Saturday, April 14, 2018, following previoius fire damage and closures.

It is now open exclusively from the main, gated trailhead on the east side of Highway 1, across from Gate 8 of the Garrapata Coastal Trail.
Visitors are able to hike to the back of the canyon along the 1.25 mile length of the trail.

Plan on an out and back hike as the Rocky Ridge portion of the trail is closed due to hazardous conditions.

Pets

Dogs are ONLY allowed on the beach at Gate 19 (south end of park) and on the trails leading to it. Dogs are NOT allowed in all other areas. 

Thank you for respecting this California State Parks unit by observing all posted park signs.  

More Information

Brochure with Park & Trail Map

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